Ali Abunimah: Finkelstein, BDS and the destruction of Israel

Norman Finkelstein’s views on the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement may be somewhat shortsighted.

Ali Abunimah
28 Feb 2012

Contrary to Finkelstein's claim that the BDS movement would lead to the 'destruction' of Israel, one can simply look to Ireland as an example of a lasting two-state solution. Photo: GALLO/GETTY

Chicago, IL – In a recent and highly controversial interview, Norman Finkelstein, long a scourge of Israel, turned his guns on Palestinians and their supporters. He accused the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement of being a “cult”, and claimed that its achievements were mostly exaggerated.

But what exercised Finkelstein most was his conclusion that if implemented, the demands of the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for BDS, would amount to “the destruction of Israel”.

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